COUNTY CALLS ON CITIES, AGENCIES, COLLEGES & BUSINESSES TO EXPAND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOSTER YOUTH
LOS ANGELES COUNTY — To provide young people in foster care with the opportunity to continue their education and find meaningful employment, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Sheila Kuehl to engage each of the County’s 88 cities, public agencies, and the business community to adopt programs similar to those the County has successfully developed. In approving the motion, Supervisor Hilda Solis included employment opportunities at local community colleges and universities.
“The Board of Supervisors initiated the County’s Career Development Internship program to provide transitional-aged foster youth with structured on-the-job training and employment within County departments,” said Antonovich. “Our next step is to reach out to each of our cities, public agencies, local colleges and the business community to encourage them to develop similar programs. These opportunities are vital in our effort to help young people gain the skills needed to transition to successful and productive lives.”
Among the agencies the County will engage in the outreach effort are the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Southern California Air Quality Management District, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Metrolink, Southern California Association of Governments, local community colleges and universities, as well as business groups and private companies.